Mama’s Potato Soup with Roasted Garlic

As I have often discussed the Oregon rainy winter skies SUCK. I HATE the dark dreary days. This is what I saw when I tried to look out our front window on Sunday.

YEP… it was raining so much that the windows were streaked with rain. UGH! All I wanted to do was curl up in a ball in front of the fireplace. Well… we don’t have a fireplace! 🙁

Instead I watched Pioneer Woman’s Food Network show on our DVR and she talked about fixing meals with stuff she had around the house. I realized I had some food that I needed to use or soon would be tossing.

I also was in “What would my mom make if she was here?” mode. Mama lives half a continent away so she could not come over to pamper me. So instead I decided to make just what I knew she’d make… potato soup. Actually, I deviated We like garlic quite a bit and I still had leftover Roasted Garlic so I decided I’d add some so to her recipe. You could use diced or minced garlic.

Cast of Characters: potatoes (about 8-12 potatoes, I used yellow and would have used more but didn’t have enough), onion, parsley, butter, water, salt, pepper, butter, Roasted Garlic, milk and cream (yes, I know I have half & half in the picture; it’s what I had on hand). Mama adds ham, but I don’t really like ham in my potato soup – Hubby and The Offspring do, but I didn’t have any scraps leftover so I skipped it.

In a heavy pot, sauté the onions in butter until they are translucent…

While the onions are sautéing, dice the potatoes into bite-size pieces…

After the onions are done and the potatoes are chopped, place potatoes in the pot and if desired roasted garlic (I added 3 tablespoons – if garlic upsets your stomach or causes “digestive distress” don’t use this much).

Add 2 Cups of water, or enough to just cover the potatoes…

Add a couple pinches of salt…

… and pepper…

Add a handful of parsley…

Stir and bring to a rolling boil. Then turn down to a slow boil or simmer for 30 minutes.

Stir occasionally…

After potatoes are soft when pierced with a fork, add 2 Cups (pint) cream (or half and half) and 2 Cups of milk…

Taste and add more seasoning as desired… I needed to add more pepper.

Stir and re-heat to a gentle boil…

Grab a bowl and enjoy… YUMMMMMMMM! (Mama, the Roasted Garlic was an awesome add!)

Have you ever made potato soup? Does it help make the gloomy day go away? Mine did… until I looked at the window again! 😉